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Adventure Science Center

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Address: 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203-4833 (Formerly Cumberland Science Museum)
Phone Number: +1 615-862-5160
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Adventure Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit educational...

Adventure Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to igniting curiosity and inspiring the lifelong discovery of science since 1945. With 44,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Center features nearly 200 hands-on exhibits focused on biology, physics, visual perception, listening, mind, air and space, energy and earth science.

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Fun and interesting place for kiddos, Mom and Dad, too!

Fun, hands-on learning environment. Multiple learning and activity areas, amazing (and huge) climbing structure. This place is a great example of how learning can be engaging and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Memphis, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I suggest waiting to near the end of the day to get a discount on this unless you know that it's something you're going to love. We went to see the Wolf to Woof display and it wasn't what I expected. From the title of the display, I thought it was going to teach about the evolution of dogs, but... More 

Thank Kelly C
Miller Place, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We are from NY and were visiting family in Tennessee. We were looking for something fun to do on a very hot day. My boys are 8 and 10. After reading some reviews, I was concerned that my boys were too old and might not enjoy it. That wasn't the case at all. They had a blast (so did the... More 

Thank sn0wdad
Russell Springs, Kentucky
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun trip. We don't have any kids so we were worried it would not be fun for us but we had a lot of fun. Would recommend to people with kids or with out.

Thank fatiisabel
Memphis, Tennessee
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fun, hands-on learning environment. Multiple learning and activity areas, amazing (and huge) climbing structure. This place is a great example of how learning can be engaging and really fun. We've been to similar places in other cities that need a bit of care and updating. Adventure Science Center is well taken care of, clean, has friendly staff... is just an... More 

Thank KDJ06
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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337 reviews
202 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Perfect museum for kids of all ages. Loads of hands-on exhibits and activities. There are pay for play exhibits too including a roller coaster simulator and walk-on-the-moon activity. The shows at the planetarium are usually geared towards kids, pay prior to entry. Overall, a great day outing for small kids. Stroller/handicap accessible and there's free parking.

Thank Traveler O
Nashville, Tennessee
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43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

EXPERIENCE Science!!! Interactive, Hands-On Exhibits that TEACH kids of all ages. You can Easily spend Hours and Hours looking, touching and Experiencing Science. This Makes Learning Fun!!! Take The Kids!!!

Thank JohnfromNashville
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208 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with a four year old and found it to be the most amazing place! It is so interesting and appeals to many age groups. The most popular with our four year old was the body jungle gym which was amazing and more stories than I originally thought, a bit frightening for me but not for the child. The water... More 

Thank travelprincess2
Lethbridge, Canada
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They did such a great job with this facility. Plan to spend at least 3 hours here- more if you do the planetarium, which was definitely worth the extra cost. We saw the Skies over Nashville show, which was fantastic. It's more of a true planetarium show than the IMAX style movies that a lot of planetariums show. This is... More 

Thank Rachelle R
La Grange, Illinois
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Geared for a little bit of a younger age, but our 10 and 14 year old found it fun. My kids liked the JET simulator (that and some of the other interactive items that were staffed closed at 3: 30 FYI) it was extra but worth the money. We also added on the planetarium movie, that was a 10 out... More 

Thank Bryan G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My kids really enjoyed our trip to Adventure Science Center. There were lots of activities for my oldest (11) and my youngest (3 and 2). They enjoyed the play structure in the middle that is 3 floors high. I love that they have a Subway inside, which is more reasonably priced than most museum restaurants.

Thank Cheyenne S

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Nashville, Tennessee

I have a couple of questions about the blue max simulator. Is it just a flight simulator or can it be a roller coaster simulator? If it can be a roller coaster simulator, can the passengers program the roller coaster? When it is a flight simulator, what activities can people do on it? Is the flight simulator just a combat simulator or is it a simulator where you just get to fly a plane? How much does it cost for two people? How much does it cost for one person? How long does the simulator last for? Are the joysticks on both sides of the seats, or are they on one side? How comfortable is the seat that the passengers sit in? How comfortable is the over the shoulder harness that is used to secure the passengers? How tight can the over the shoulder harness be? Can the restraints be as tight as the passengers want it? When do you choose what mode you want the simulator to be in? How much will my body move while the simulator is in motion? Where should my arms and legs be while the staff is strapping the passengers in? How popular is the simulator? Can the passengers hold on to the over the should harness? Can the passengers hold hands while the simulator is in motion? On the roller coaster setting of the simulator, can the passengers set the intensity, or is it set at a certain intensity? Is the flight simulator or roller coaster mode more popular? How much of my body will move that is inside the restraints? Do you enjoy the flight simulator or roller coaster more? How do you operate the joysticks? Should my head be against the seat or is it free to move? Should I try to keep my legs on the ground or are they free to move? How many forces are on my body during the ride? How intense are the forces on the body? If you could answer my questions I would be very happy. Thanks, Blackhole6670.

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